September 26, 2016

3 more Zika cases confirmed in Guyana

– another suspected case detected, patient quarantined

Three more cases of Zika have been confirmed in Guyana by the Public Health Ministry which confirmed the cases after samples were tested positive by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
Speaking with this publication on Sunday, Public Health Minister Dr George Norton said the three persons all live along the East Bank Demerara (EBD) and further explained that two of the individuals are Cuban doctors who reside in Guyana, while the third is a woman from Timehri.
Dr Norton explained that another suspected case has been reported and as precautionary measures the individual has been quarantined until the result is returned.
Presently, the Vector Control Services Unit has been mandated to conduct fogging exercises within EBD, especially Grove and Diamond as these areas are heavily infested by mosquitoes.
Guyana has already confirmed five cases after the virus was detected here earlier this year. The first case was an EBD woman who had travelled to Berbice, while the other case is a teenage boy residing at Eccles, EBD.
The Zika Virus is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. These mosquitoes also transmit the Chikungunya virus. They thrive in collection of water such as in open reservoirs, tyres, roof guttering, plant containers around the home.
Persons who contract the virus, may not manifest any signs or symptoms. Health officials are urging individuals, especially pregnant women to use all precautionary methods to prevent themselves being bitten by, since the virus has been linked to birth defects.
It is advisable to wear lightly coloured clothing that covers the entire body. Insect repellents, household insecticides, sprays and mosquito coils can also be used to ward off mosquitoes.
The Public Health Ministry urges persons to check with the nearest health facility, once they develop a fever or any other Zika symptoms including joint or muscle pains, or headaches.

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